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  "The Blot on the Great Man’s Name" Now it is our friend—the country’s friend—Edward Everett Hale[1] who has robbed us of a popular belief: Daniel Webster[2]was not a drunkard! In the twenty-six years in which Mr. Hale “knew him…

”A New National Trait” MAY I point my meaning by an anecdote? Thirty years ago a young journalist who had been on the staff of a New York newspaper which had pushed itself into notice by its personalities, started a paper in a city in Virginia. A…

”A Reporter’s Work” THE Philadelphia papers, a few days ago, contained a notice of the death, at one of the hospitals, of F. Jennings Crute, a reporter on one of the newspapers of that city.  To the great majority of the unthinking public, the…

A Strange True Story Many years ago I knew of a woman whose life was as improbable as the plot of a dime romance. Her story was whispered about until it came to the ears of Mrs. Oliphant,[1] who promptly made a novel—one of her best—out of…

“Ability Misapplied” Vale, Madame Humbert! [1] The world, always keen-sighted and just in the long run, gave her something very like applause the other day as she went out of its sight into the darkness of her prison cell. No doubt she is a cheat…

“Achill.” I wish to call the attention of the readers of THE INDEPENDENT to a pitiful story recently told by Mr. William O’Brien[1] in a letter to the English papers, and to their comments upon it. The story is that of Achill, a little rocky…

  "At Our Gates"   THE readers of The Independent have no doubt seen in the daily papers the story of a workingman named Sillars, an industrious, sober fellow, with a wife and child dependant on him, who, losing his position in the Cellonite works…

  Cheating the Children One of our millionaires who began life as a poor lad and did not succeed until middle age is said to enjoy the fun and luxury which his money brings him like a hot-headed boy. He goes to balls and the play incessantly; he…

Country Girls in Town IT was about ten years ago when I first saw Mary Carr. She was a woman of forty, healthy, resolute, keen of eye and sharp of tongue; with a firm belief in herself and very little belief in any other person or thing. She always…

  Lord Kitchener’s Methods. AN English naturalist, who kept close company with the birds and reptiles for many years, used to say: “There’s no limit to the queerness of beasts! The longer you live with them the less you know about them!” As…
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